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Air Force wants tougher, ''more survivable'' drones

November 8, 2010 4:27 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The U.S. military wants its next-generation RPVs to be more survivable in “contested airspace.” At a breakfast with reporters in DC, Lt. Gen. Philip Breedlove (the Air Force’s chief of operations, plans and requirements) noted the MQ-9 Reaper’s shortcomings, and stressed the need for tougher, more durable RPVs.


How Do You Reduce the Time You Spend Idling?

November 4, 2010 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Tuesday, Shannon discussed some efforts by Clean Cities, parents, and students to reduce the time that parents spend idling in school parking lots. Some schools have even become idle-free zones. The Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center offers a few tips for reducing...


A PV Technician on Your Roof Day and Night

November 3, 2010 6:03 am | by Philip Pieters, PhD, business development director Energy, imec. ( | Comments

“A chain is no stronger than its weakest link,” the saying says. And that also applies to solar panels today. One bad working cell can bring down the panels electricity production significantly. The reason is that the solar cells are connected in series, making a malfunctioning cell a huge resistive link in the chain.


Should We Manage Cellphone Access in Certain Cases?

November 2, 2010 5:39 am | by Terry Bittner, ITT Defense ( | Comments

Cell phones afford us the convenience of being connected whenever we want, wherever we want. Despite affording us constant connectivity, there remain places where cell phone usage is inappropriate.


Wherefore Art Thou Oh 60Ghz?

November 2, 2010 5:14 am | by by Eric Broockman, Alereon ( | Comments

Back in January of 2008 all of the online technical trade press was touting that Wireless HDMI based upon 57 to 64GHz (i.e 60GHz) spectrum had finally arrived in the form of WirelessHD.


Schools Move Forward with Idle Reduction

November 2, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

With schools back in session returns the inevitable procession of parents waiting for their children in parking lots. Unfortunately, many of these parents idle their vehicles, wasting fuel and producing both smog-forming and greenhouse gas emissions. As children are particularly...


Lockheed Martin showcases incredible “HULC”

November 1, 2010 5:46 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

At the recent Association of the U.S. Army conference in D.C., Lockheed Martin showcased its Human Universal Load Carrier (HULC), the defense giant’s answer to Raytheon’s XOS-2 exoskeleton (the “Real Iron Man Suit”). That’s right: it’s HULC vs. Iron Man.


Time to Talk about Home Energy Assessments Again!

November 1, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Energy audits, energy assessments, home energy checkups… They're all the same thing, and we've talked about them quite a lot on this blog already. But whatever you call it, the idea's the same: When you get a home energy assessment, a professional runs a series of checks on your...


This Month on Energy Savers: October 2010

October 29, 2010 6:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

It's been a busy Energy Awareness Month at Energy Savers, and we thought it would be useful to cover some of the highlights from and the Energy Savers Blog.


Pumpkin Carving Contest

October 28, 2010 10:35 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

On Thursday, October 28th, Advantage Business Media, ECN's parent company, held its annual pumpkin carving contest. The following is a photoblog of the event. Enjoy!


Creating an Autonomous Robot for the IGVC Autonomous Challenge

October 28, 2010 8:08 am | by Gray Thomas - Olin College of Engineering | Comments

The IGVC challenges participating robots to traverse a grassy path defined by simple spray-painted lines and filled with obstacles such as traffic barrels and buckets.


How Do You Save Energy in the Kitchen?

October 28, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Monday, Amy pointed you to a video Q&A session in which Energy Secretary Steven Chu answered some reader-submitted questions. One of the questions that Secretary Chu answered was about dishwashing. He confirmed that using a dishwasher does, in fact, save energy and water over...


Secretary Chu Gets His Green On

October 25, 2010 10:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

It's not every day that you get to ask a question about home energy efficiency of a Nobel Prize winning physicist who also just happens to be the current Secretary of Energy. But not long ago, a few lucky folks got to do just that. Earlier this month, Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu...


The Disruptive Changes in Wireless Infrastructure

October 25, 2010 5:58 am | Comments

According to a report published by Informa today there are now more femtocells than macrocells in America.


The benefits of Real-Time Test in Embedded System Design

October 21, 2010 5:31 am | by Richard McDonell, NI DEveloper Zone - | Comments

As embedded devices become more ubiquitous and complex, embedded design and test engineers are facing significant challenges to streamline the design and test processes of embedded systems and devices.



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